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Gemfields pays tribute to Mozambique with the Fabergé Malaika Egg

Debuting in July, $100,000 in sale proceeds will aid Mozambique’s Gemfields Foundation.

Iconic artist jeweler, Fabergé, has teamed up with Gemfields, a leading miner and marketer of colored gemstones, to create the unique Fabergé x Gemfields Malaika Egg. This exquisite objet d’art is available in July, the month associated with the ruby birthstone.

Faberge X Gemfields Malaika Egg

A significant amount of $100,000 from its sale will be donated to the Gemfields Foundation to support community projects aimed at alleviating poverty in Mozambique. This collaboration highlights both Fabergé’s renowned artistry and Gemfields’ commitment to responsible mining and philanthropy.

‘Malaika’, meaning ‘angel’ in Swahili, is a fitting name given for this exquisite egg, adorned with rubies unearthed in Mozambique. The fiery, deep red gems were responsibly mined at the Montepuez ruby mine, majority-owned by Gemfields.

These rare rubies are set in 18k rose gold and paired with white and brown diamonds, pink sapphires, amethysts, and pearls. The Egg was crafted by a small team of artisans in England, utilizing time-honored techniques.

The exterior of the Fabergé x Gemfields Malaika Egg pays homage to Mozambican rubies, with a dazzling array of red gems accented by other precious stones and guilloché enamel. The pattern resembles angel feathers, with gaps revealing a hidden Fabergé surprise inside. The egg features 4,312 round brilliant-cut white diamonds and 252 round brilliant-cut brown diamonds, enhancing the colors of the 308 rubies.

Faberge X Gemfields Malaika Egg

Additionally, it includes 421 round pink sapphires and 61 amethysts, all set in 18k rose gold. Peter Carl Fabergé was among the first to use rose gold in his elaborate creations, a tradition Fabergé continues today. Guilloché enamel, a technique synonymous with Fabergé, involves bonding powdered colored glass to a surface at around 800 degrees Celsius. This delicate art, pioneered by Fabergé, requires great skill and many years of experience.

“Colour is in Fabergé’s DNA and has always played a pivotal role in our creations. Often referred to as ‘the artist jeweller’, we like to ‘paint’ our creations with the finest coloured gemstones, and the Fabergé x Gemfields Malaika Egg is a testament to this creative flare. At Fabergé, we believe that every gem should bring benefit to its place of origin, which is why we are a proud member of the Gemfields Group. We are delighted to reveal this collaborative one-of-a-kind egg objet, which is a true celebration of Gemfields’ responsibly mined Mozambican rubies,” Antony Lindsay, Fabergé’s CEO, said.

Fabergé’s craftspeople meticulously hand-paint the enamel onto the gold sections, requiring at least three layers and five firings to achieve the desired translucent effect. Turning the pearl ring at the base anti-clockwise causes the egg’s “wings” to slowly unfurl, revealing a five-carat Gemfields Mozambican ruby encased in a rose gold filigree-like sphere. This sphere can be removed for closer inspection and the ruby can be set into a bespoke jewelry creation for the owner.

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